Director, Institute for Educational Development, Pakistan
Dr Alan DeYoung brings rich international experience in educational policy studies, sociology and research to the University. He holds a PhD in Anthropological and Sociological Studies in Education, as well as an MA in Child Development from Stanford University. Prior to his appointment as Director, IED, Pakistan, he served as Professor and Chair of the Department of Educational Policy Studies and Evaluation at the University of Kentucky, where he was a member of faculty for over 30 years. He also held an adjunct appointment in the Department of Sociology, and served as a faculty associate in both the University of Kentucky’s Asia Center and the Appalachian Center. Dr. DeYoung has taught Sociology of Education, Social Policy Issues in Education, Education in American Culture, and Comparative Education. He has been a visiting lecturer at the University of Auckland (New Zealand), the University of Rome, and the Kyrgyz International University. He also has had two J. William Fulbright awards: one to the Abai Pedagogical University in Almaty, Kazakhstan, the other to the Arabaev Pedagogical University in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.
In 1996, Dr. DeYoung won the national research award of the National Rural Education Association for his book, Life and Death of a Rural American High School, a work about rural school consolidation in the state of West Virginia. His more recent work has focused upon educational dynamics in post-Soviet Central Asia, particularly in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. In addition to multiple journal articles and book chapters on school issues and problems in these countries, he has written two books on secondary and higher education issues in Kyrgyzstan: Surviving the Transition? Case Studies of Schools and School Reform in the Kyrgyz Republic since Independence (2006), and Lost in Transition: Redefining Students and Universities in the Contemporary Kyrgyz Republic (2011). Dr. DeYoung’s Central Asian research undertakings have been supported by several international and American funding sources including the John J. and Nancy Lee Roberts Fellowship, administered by the International Research Exchanges Board (IREX). He has also served as an Education Policy Specialist to the US Embassies in Tajikistan and Turkmenistan.